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Lake Sam Rayburn measuring at higher levels than usual

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Sam Rayburn measured five feet higher than usual Wednesday.

The lake level measured at 169.4 feet. It usually measures at around 164.4 feet.

However, the extra five feet is no reason for alarm. In fact every year, the Army Corps of Engineers expect the lake's levels to change within an eight foot range.

The Army Corps of Engineers will continue to monitor Lake Sam Rayburn, as well as the Angelina and Neches Rivers that feed into the lake.

The flood pool for Lake Sam Rayburn is 172 feet and the emergency level is 176 feet.

According to the Army Corps of Engineers, the extra five feet isn't affecting many recreational activities on the lake. In fact, they say the extra five feet of water is creating more fishing spots around the shoreline.

However, just to be cautious, the Army Corps of Engineers are closing a few boat ramps and a few camping sites, but they assure there will be plenty of other boat ramps and camping sites open for Memorial Day Weekend. They also ask that those going out to Lake Sam Rayburn this weekend to be very careful.

The Army Corps of Engineers advise those that are not familiar with the lake or high levels of water to wear a life jacket and to be cautious of surroundings.

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